nittygritty

nitty-gritty

[nit-ee-grit-ee] Slang.
noun
1.
the essential substance or details of a matter; basics; crux: Let's skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty.
adjective
2.
fundamental, detailed, or probing: nitty-gritty questions.
3.
direct and practical: nitty-gritty advice; a nitty-gritty system.

Origin:
1960–65, Americanism; rhyming compound of uncertain origin

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nitty-gritty (ˈnɪtɪˈɡrɪtɪ)
 
n
informal the nitty-gritty the basic facts of a matter, situation, etc; the core
 
[C20: perhaps rhyming compound formed from grit]

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nitty-gritty
"basic facts," 1961, knitty-gritty, Amer.Eng., said to have been chiefly used by black jazz musicians, perhaps ult. from nit and grits "finely ground corn."
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